Steelers vs. Browns ranking, takeaways: Nick Chubb, Amari Cooper energy Cleveland previous Pittsburgh

4 days after their gut-wrenching loss, the Browns rebounded by way of defeating their longtime opponents at house on “Thursday Night time Soccer.” Aided by way of Nick Chubb and a powerful moment part by way of their protection, the Browns posted an 29-17 victory to transport to 2-1 at the season. Pittsburgh, recent off its personal disappointing Week 2 loss, fell to 1-2. 

Trailing 14-13 at intermission, the Browns took regulate of the sport by way of scoring in their first two drives of the second one part. The offense was once fueled by way of Chubb, who completed the night time with 113 yards on 23 carries. Cleveland additionally won a large night time from Amari Cooper, whose 32-yard catch on a third-and-1 play arrange Chubb’s 1-yard landing that prolonged the Browns’ result in 23-14 with 9:29 left. The Browns put an exclamation level at the win with Denzel Ward’s defensive ranking at the sport’s ultimate play. 

After gradual begins on each side of the ball, the Browns — spearheaded by way of a 37-yard run by way of Chubb — struck first on Jacoby Brissett’s 11-yard landing move to Cooper, who completed the night time with 101 yards on seven catches. The Steelers replied with Najee Harris’ 5-yard landing run to begin the second one quarter. A balletic, one-handed catch by way of rookie George Pickens arrange Harris’ landing. 

Cleveland countered with David Njoku’s landing catch from Brissett with 8:58 left till halftime. The Steelers took their first lead moments later when Mitch Trubisky scored on a 1-yard landing run. Pittsburgh’s offense began the second one part with some other promising pressure that in the long run fizzled in a while after crossing midfield. Pittsburgh, after doing little for many of the moment part, was once in a position to mount a overdue scoring pressure that made it a six-point sport with 1:46 left. A penalty on their resulting onside kick, on the other hand, allowed the Browns to exploit the sport clock all the way down to 9 seconds. 

Heavy winds affected each kickers all the way through the primary part. Boswell neglected a 53-yard try on Pittsburgh’s moment pressure. Browns rookie kicker Cade York neglected a PAT however made up for it by way of making his 34-yard box function try overdue within the 1/3 quarter to offer Cleveland the lead for excellent. 

Why the Steelers misplaced

Ahead of heading into this night, Trubisky didn’t have one sport with over 200 yards passing, however simply made it this night, with a stat line of 20-for-32 for 211 yards and no touchdowns.

Trubisky has no longer proven sufficient this season, with some asking if he will have to be benched for rookie QB Kenny Pickett. 

On offense, Diontae Johnson was once the participant of the night time for the Steelers, with six receptions for 63 yards and a fumble restoration, however did have some key drops. The Steelers offense obviously has so much it stills wish to paintings on.

The protection was once not able to stay alongside of Chubb, probably the most best possible operating backs within the NFL, who recorded some other 100-yard sport to his resume.

The protection neglected T.J. Watt and traditionally don’t win with out him. They’re now 0-6 when Watt is at the sidelines.

Why the Browns gained

The Browns got here off a loss the place all 3 levels of the sport struggled and bounced again with a sport the place everybody had a serving to hand within the win.

Brissett seemed assured and composed and when wanted was once in a position to make use of his dashing talents on short-yardage eventualities. 

Talking of the run sport, let’s speak about Chubb. Chubb completely demolished the Steelers protection, striking up 23 carries for 113 yards and a landing. Since 2018, he has 24 100-yard video games, probably the most within the league all the way through that span. 

I used to be additionally inspired by way of Cooper, who had a rhythm with Brissett and completed the sport with seven catches for 101 yards and a landing. 

What sealed the deal for the Browns was once the protection protecting the Steelers off the sector and forcing back-to-back three-and-outs towards the top of the sport. The Steelers have been by no means in a position to get well from the ones two stops, which brings us proper to our turning level of the sport. 

(And the rubbish time defensive landing did not harm.)

Turning level

Past due within the 1/3 quarter, a 35-yard move from Trubisky to Jaylen Warren was once referred to as again because of a penalty on Chukwuma Okorafor. That pressure result in a Steelers punt no longer lengthy after and the Browns replied by way of scoring a box function on their subsequent pressure.

With the ball again, the Steelers have been once more no longer in a position to do anything else with it, going three-and-out.

The Browns as soon as once more replied, this time the usage of 6:35 to move 11 performs for 80 yards and scoring a landing to make it 23-14. At the scoring pressure, a couple of avid gamers made an have an effect on and the Browns seemed like they’d whole regulate of the sport and Brissett seemed like he had whole regulate of his offense.

Chubb, who handed over 100 yards at the floor in this pressure, had his fair proportion of rushes, together with one for 16 yards. Cooper got here up giant within the air with a 32-yard move to position them in Steelers territory. Chubb was once the only to punch it in for a backyard on fourth-and-1.

To make issues worse for the Steelers, they replied with some other three-and-out, making it two in a row. 

Play of the sport

The Steelers didn’t get the win, however they did get the following best possible factor, a function in our “Play of the Sport” section. 

Extensive receiver George Pickens proved why he was once the controversy of the Steelers coaching camp with a unmarried catch. Within the first quarter, Pickens made an implausible one-handed catch that appeared to defy gravity.

Pickens’ catch got here off a second-and-3 play, with Trubisky tossing one to the proper sideline. The 36-yard catch put the Steelers within the pink zone and arrange a landing from Najee Harris.

What is subsequent

The Browns will head to Atlanta to stand the Falcons subsequent week, who’re 0-2 as we input Week 3. The Falcons’ two losses have each been shut, shedding 27-26 to the Saints and 31-27 to the protecting Tremendous Bowl champion Rams. 

The Steelers will host the Jets in Week 4. The Jets offense has been lead by way of quarterback Joe Flacco to this point, with Zach Wilson nonetheless at the sidelines with a bone bruise and meniscus tear. Wilson was once anticipated to omit two-to-four weeks and won’t go back for Week 3. Thru two weeks, Flacco is 1/3 in passing yards with 616, at the back of Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa (739) and Commanders’ Carson Wentz (650). 

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